July 2015

It Feels Like Family

By |July 6th, 2015|

It feels like family.
Rich and full. Connected. Belonging. Rooted.
Creative and messy. Serious and hilariously funny. Deep and witty.
Fruits and vegetables and our famous homemade brownies
and floss your teeth and yes […]

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America’s Own Miracle of Fish

By |July 4th, 2015|

The Miracle of Fish (But Not the One You Think)
We celebrate our freedoms in the month of July, and we think about how lucky we are. But our heritage testifies to something deeper.

It was […]

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Book Besties

By |July 3rd, 2015|

“Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend,” said William Feather. But I think sharing a good book is like sharing a good friend.

In the categories of Best Reads, and in no […]

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Home: Art Studio for Life

By |July 2nd, 2015|

“What did she use this time?” The kind man who cleans my white carpets squats down to inspect the splashed rainbow.

“Acrylic and oils.” I show him the finished masterpiece displayed on the easel above […]

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June 2015

Sensational Settings

By |June 24th, 2015|

Sensational settings make a story linger in hearts and imagination.

Before I began to write Für Elise, I envisioned the final scene of Elise and Michael’s wedding and knew it would be at the spectacular […]

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Best #Fathers Day Gift

By |June 21st, 2015|

The Patent is the best #Fathers Day gift for your best guys.

It’s a race for global dominance and the nation that develops a small town inventor’s patent will be militarily invincible. America’s enemies have […]

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Why A Writing Mentor?

By |June 17th, 2015|

Is a writing mentor worth the time and investment? What writer wouldn’t want an award-winning author to help craft your work in progress?

After working as a reporter for a newspaper, I wrote a dozen […]

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The Patent in Review

By |June 12th, 2015|

The Patent reviewers have their own story. Thank you to everyone who posts a review. The world of books teeters on buzz and book buzz is fueled by your reviews.

A.S.’s review was a double-thumbs […]

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What Character has the Most to Lose?

By |June 11th, 2015|

Rewrite your chapter from the viewpoint of the another character.
What? The assignment was a consumer of valuable time but that’s what was required for this month as I made my way through the Craftsman […]

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#Beyond the Mask is a Rollicking Good Film

By |June 9th, 2015|

Beyond the Mask is Pirates of the Caribbean meets Zoro.

A Burns family film, with story by one of my favorite authors, Paul McCusker, Beyond the Mask is a rollicking tale.

John Kirby served as […]

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